Journal: Transnational Legal Theory, September 2020 by Jan Pospisil
Resolving armed conflict by forging an inclusive political settlement is the contemporary paradigm of international peacebuilding. War-to-peace transitions are envisioned as a sequenced process, cumulating in a signed comprehensive peace agreement as the central cornerstone on the pathway to normal politics. However, the reality of peace processes appears ungoverned. While peace negotiations may succeed in formalising political unsettlement at play and to tame violence, they regularly fail in resolving the radical disagreement at the heart of the conflict. Liberal peace governance, resting on the pillars of settlement, resolution, and relation, is unlikely to deliver its promised outcomes. The irresolvable discrepancy between the promise of liberal peace and its inability to deliver is the background against which peace ungovernance emerges. It operates under the premise of non-closure in enduring transitions, where time, space, and relationality are not subject to an agreed common understanding, but elements of strategy and politics.
Contested World Orders: Rising Powers, Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Politics of Authority Beyond the Nation-State, eds. Matthew D. Stephen and Michael Zürn, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019, by Pascal Abb & Anja Jetschke
The devil is in the detail: The positions of BRICS countries towards UN Security Council reform and the responsibility to protect
This chapter addresses the authority of the United Nations Security Council and its politicization by the BRICS. In particular, it explores the patterns of contestation for the reform of the United Nations Security Council and the Responsibility to Protect. How do the BRICS position themselves towards these two issues and how do they justify their demands? Do they build a challengers’ coalition? Using, first, a qualitative analysis of BRICS statements and, second, congruence analysis, this chapter maps and explains the positions of BRICS states on UNSC reform and R2P. We find that BRICS’ individual positions show a convergence on the basic contours of UNSC reform and R2P. The contestation pattern clearly indicates that this group favours the UNSC having strong international authority and also that they share concerns about the liberal content of the UNSC. While there is a strong tendency towards convergence on the one hand, BRICS strongly disagree on the details of the reform of the UNSC - as well as on the implementation of R2P on the other. These differences are so strong that they are unlikely to be resolved in the near future. Congruence analysis shows that power transition theory best explains their agreement ‘in principle’, but that none of the available theories explain their disagreement ‘in detail’. We conclude that, as things stand, the BRICS do not pose a challenge to the status quo in governance within the field of international security.
Modern China, online 2019, print forthcoming, by Pascal Abb
This article explores the growing role of think tank experts in Chinese media coverage on international issues and determines the degree to which voices in this spectrum diverge from each other as well as the official line espoused by China’s central media organs. It combines a large-sample sentiment analysis of commentaries published by three major institutes that have developed significant public profiles with an in-depth discussion of selected pieces written by especially prolific experts. Based on the results, I argue that Chinese expert commenters sometimes enrich media coverage and show a substantial variety in opinions among them, but prevailing political constraints, skewed incentives, and a slanted media environment keep them from realizing their full potential as public intellectuals. This limits their usefulness both for improving policy outcomes and for managing public expectations about China’s rise.
Florez H., Leon M., Diaz-Nafria J., Belli S. (eds): Applied Informatics. ICAI 2019. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1051. Springer, Cham, by Gudrun Kramer
ICTs Connecting Global Citizens, Global Dialogue and Global Governance. A Call for Needful Designs
mit Wolfgang Hofkirchner, José María Díaz-Nafría, Peter Crowley, Wilfried Graf, Hans-Jörg Kreowski and Werner Wintersteiner
Claudio Naranjo et al: Una Era para la consciencia: Un enfoque multidisciplinario a cargo de 18 autores destacados. Editiones El Grano de Mostaza, Barcelona 2019, by Gudrun Kramer, Wilfried Graf & Augustin Nicolescou
Transformación interactiva del conflicto y construcción de la paz a través del diálogo profundo
Claudio Naranjo et al: The Age of Consciousness. Editiones El Grano de Mostaza, Barcelona 2019, by Gudrun Kramer, Wilfried Graf und Augustin Nicolescou
InteraCtive Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding through Deep Dialogue
David Brown et al (eds.): Sandhurst Trends in International Conflict: Failed States. Havant: Howgate Publishing, 2019 by Jan Pospisil
Building states to build peace revisited: empirical insights from peace negotiations in fragile states
CRP/PSRP Memo, December 2019, by Alex de Waal, Alan Boswell, David Deng, Rachel Ibreck, Matthew Benson and Jan Pospisil
There are many outstanding questions in South Sudan that can be addressed in the coming 100 days. It is impractical to expect these issues to be settled, but it is possible to minimize the risks of regression (the breakdown of the ceasefire and a return to war) and it is feasible to move forward on crucial topics, as outlined in the previous section. Insofar as the internationals want to signal their discontent with the parties’ lack of good faith and their determination to see a better outcome for the South Sudanese people, they are advised to apply pressure on resolving the key issues, rather than applying pressure on the deadline.
Accord 28 - Navigating inclusion in peace processes - Conciliation Resources, pp. 18-22 by Jan Pospisil
Supporting inclusive peace is the core mission of peacebuilding policy today and is reflected in the international development consensus in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. To empirically investigate the interrelation between peacebuilding and inclusion, the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) has generated a new and innovative data source, the PA-X Peace Agreement Database.
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies, 2019 by Jan Pospisil
International peacebuilding has reached an impasse. Its lofty ambitions have resulted in at best middling success, punctuated by moments of outright failure. The discrediting of the term ‘liberal peacebuilding’ has seen it evolve to respond to the numerous critiques. Notions such as ‘inclusive peace’ merge the liberal paradigm with critical notions of context, and the need to refine practices to take account of ‘the local’ or ‘complexity’. However, how this would translate into clear guidance for the practice of peacebuilding is unclear.
Review of „Cochrane, Feargal et al., Abingdon: Routledge Focus“, The RUSI Journal, 2018, 164:3, 75-77, by Jan Pospisil
Mediating Power-Sharing: Devolution and Consociationalism in Deeply Divided Societies
PA-X Report: POWER-SHARING SERIES, 2018, by Christine Bell, Sam Gluckstein, Robert Forster & Jan Pospisil
This research report provides information and analysis on when and how peace agreements provide for military power-sharing, and the implications for broader projects of social inclusion in the security sector based on the rule of law. It forms one of a series of reports into power-sharing drawing on the new PA-X Peace Agreement Database. Other reports address political power-sharing (Bell 2018), territorial power-sharing (Wise 2018), and economic power-sharing (Bell 2018a).
The purpose of the gender briefing series, Oktober 2018 by Christine Bell & Jan Pospisil
This brief is part of a Gender Briefing Series to support women’s meaningful participation and the integration of gender perspectives in peace processes that aim to end violent intrastate conflict.The key target audience is women, gender equality advocates and others engaged in peace processes, who wish to influence negotiations with a view to: (a) addressing the particular experiences of women during conflict, and (b) achieving lasting peace process outcomes that will improve women’s lives and the lives of those around them.
Gender Briefing Series, Oktober 2018, by Jan Pospisil & Christine Bell
This brief is part of a Gender Briefing Series to support women’s meaningful participation and the integration of gender perspectives in peace processes that aim to end violent intrastate conflict. The key target audience is women, gender equality advocates and others engaged in peace processes, who wish to influence negotiations with a view to: (a) addressing the particular experiences of women during conflict, and (b) achieving lasting peace process outcomes that will improve women’s lives and the lives of those around them.
In den letzten Jahren ist die Betätigung sowohl zivilgesellschaftlicher, als auch multi- und bilateraler Akteure in der Friedens- und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit in vielen Ländern zunehmend unter Druck geraten – auch in Europa und in konsolidierten Demokratien ...
Vom 8. bis 13. Juli 2018 fand die 35. Sommerakademie auf Burg Schlaining statt, die sich das Thema "Mit dem Rücken zur Wand - Kritisches Engagement in Zeiten von Shrinking Space" gesetzt hatte. Der umfangreiche Bericht zur Veranstaltung ist hier verfügbar.
Security Beyond the State, pp. 33-53, June 2018, by Jan Pospisil
Pospisil, Jan: Obscuring Ambiguity: Resilience in EU External Affairs Policy, Claudia Morsut and Daniela Irrera (eds.): Security Beyond the State: The EU in an Age of Transformation. Leverkusen 2018: Barbara Budrich Publishers, 33-53.
Hochschullehrgang „Global Peace Education“
Grundlagen, Retrospektive und Projektberichte
PH, ASPR, KiJA (Hg.): Hochschullehrgang „Global Peace Education“. Eisenstadt – Stadtschlaining, Juni 2018.
Zeitschrift für Beratungs- & Managementwissenschaften, Praxis und Forschung im Dialog, 2018, Wilfried Graf & Gudrun Kramer
Der Beitrag diskutiert Erfahrungen des Herbert C. Kelman Instituts mit inoffizieller Diplomatie und Konfliktvermittlung in Sri Lanka, Israel-Palästina und Österreich (Kärnten) – Slowenien. Die Autor*innen beschreiben das Verfahren der „Interaktiven Konfliktransformation“, das auf die Pionierarbeit des aus Wien stammenden Harvard-Sozialpsychologen Herbert C. Kelman zurückgeht.
In den vergangenen Jahren hat eine Abfolge von Krisen, Umbrüchen und Konflikten nicht nur dazu beigetragen, vermeintliche Gewissheiten in Frage zu stellen, sondern auch das Grundvertrauen eines Teils der Bevölkerung in die Politik und andere Organe des öffentlichen Lebens in ganz Europa zu erschüttern ...
Der Bericht von der 34. Sommerakademie auf Burg Schlaining "Welt im Umbruch - Perspektiven für europäische Friedenspolitik" ist hier online verfügbar.
International Development - Special Issue: Political Settlements, July 2017 by Christine Bell & Jan Pospisil
The project of ensuring that political settlements are inclusive is key to attempts to navigate transitions from conflict over the last quarter of a century or so. Examining such transitions, we point to the emergence of the ‘formalised political unsettlement’ as a persistent outcome. The formalised political unsettlement translates the disagreement at the heart of the conflict into a set of political and legal institutions for continuing negotiation. As the conditions of its emergence are unlikely to change and the formalised political unsettlement may be here to stay, we point to the opportunities for navigating between elite inclusion and broader societal inclusion that it offers.
Third World Quaterly, Volume 37, 2016 by Jan Pospisil & Florian P. Kühn
‘Resilience’ has quickly risen to prominence in international security and development circles. In recent years it has found its way into political discourse on state building and state fragility, triggering a vast but often conceptually indistinct examination of the subject. Given its meaning in policy publications and guidelines, ‘resilience’ tends to eschew a static conceptualisation of statehood, turning instead to a more dynamic, complex and process-oriented rendering of state–society relations. This illustrates a conceptual shift from ‘failed states’ to ‘fragile states and situations’. It also transforms the concept of ‘failed state’ as a mere threat perception – with ‘stability’ as its logical other – into ‘fragility’ as a particular form of social and political risk. This paper analyses the concepts in 43 policy papers, focusing on the nexus of ‘resilience’ and ‘fragility’ in international state building, and assesses potential consequences. What does ‘resilience’ – as the opposite vision to ‘fragility’ – in fact mean? What is the practice derived from this chimerical state of states?
Dialog - Beiträge zur Friedensforschung, Band 71 (2016)
"Um Gottes Willen?" - unter diesem Motto widmete sich die Schlaininger Sommerakademie 2016 der ambivalenten Rolle von Religion in Konflikten. Im Rahmen von Podiumsdiskussionen, Vorträgen und Workshops diskutierten dabei rund hundert internationale Teilnehmer*innen mit ExpertI*innen aus Wissenschaft und Praxis das Wechselspiel von Religion als Konflikt- bzw. Mobilisierungsfaktor einerseits sowie als Ressource für friedlichen Dialog und nachhaltige Konfliktbearbeitung andererseits.
Resilience - International Policies, Practices and Discourses, Volume 4, 2016, by Jan Pospisil & Barbara Gruber
Resilience is on the rise in security policies, at the international as well as at the national level. Current academic research often links resilience with either the neoliberal retreat of the state and the respective attempt of ‘governing from a distance’, or with an almost totalitarian grasp of ‘resilient subjects’, or both. Against the background of the application of resilience in UK security policy, this article argues that resilience does neither of these. Instead, it unfolds as a rather mundane endeavour focused on micro-practices of civil emergency response at the local level. In doing so, resilience enables the repackaging of ‘unbound security’, which was doomed to fail in delivering its promise. It is, however, neither offering another promise nor symbolising a retreat from state responsibility, but engages in a defensive micro-management of potential catastrophe. Resilience hence does not replace security as a practice of the state deriving from its sovereignty, but links up with it to create a nexus between the doable and the undoable, the resilience-security-nexus.
In cooperation with KAIPTC in Ghana, ASPR released this edited online volume on Humanitarian Assistance in the ECOWAS region. The publication draws together ideas and thoughts of practitions and theorists. With contributions from Svenja Wolter, Afua Agyeiwaa Lamptey, Serwaa Allotey-Pappoe, Stefan Ziegler, Eva Birk, Laura Swift, Jessica Saulle, Tobias Burgers, Christian C. M. Ichite, Monique Bowmanere, and Alois A. Hirschmugl. 2015